Can You Help Move My Pet?
A move is a significant event for your entire family unit – including the furry, four-legged members. At Suddath® , we’ve worked with many customers inquiring about moving with pets and the options available to relocate them safely to their new homes.
One of the most important factors when moving with a pet is to plan ahead to ensure their comfort in making the transition as smooth as possible.
Fortunately, we’ve been able to compile helpful resources with sound advice when it comes to pet relocation. There are many steps to consider when moving in general – getting started at least two months prior is a good rule of thumb to help with a smooth transition for all moving-related tasks. When moving with pets, however, there are additional steps you can take to minimize the stress on animals. This includes a detailed pet relocation checklist with some suggestions to get you started.
7 Special Items You Can’t Trust Just Anyone to Move
When preparing for a move, whether you’re moving locally, across the country or across the world, it is necessary to plan on getting help with items that require special handling, packing, or storage.
Pet Moving Checklist
When you’re relocating to a new home with pets in tow, there are a few important aspects to take into consideration. The great news is that you can manage your move very well when you make plans ahead of time. Follow this checklist for a smooth move with your pets.
THE BASICS OF PET MOVING
Understand What is Associated with a Pet Relocation
Even moving with pets domestically, there are things to consider for their safe travel and regulations to follow. Be sure to work with your moving company on the pet relocation options available and document important questions like: what kind of containers will be used? Or, what type of medical requirements, such as vaccinations are necessary, especially if a pet will be traveling with other pets? These questions are amplified for international moves. Be sure to research pet regulations in your destination country. Are some pets even allowed as pets in a different region of the world? Will there be a required quarantine period upon arrival? Doing your homework will save you from a potential complication down the road.
Working with Your Moving Company when Moving with Pets
When you choose a reputable moving company, like Suddath, you have the benefit of working with a dedicated move coordinator who will explore all pet relocation options with you. In fact, because of our industry experience, we have cultivated partnerships with experts in many specialty moving capacities, such as moving an automobile, a motorcycle or your pet family member. Suddath has a long-standing relationship with many top-quality, full-service providers for pet relocation.
ADDITIONAL MOVING SERVICES
Unique items or items that are particularly delicate, fragile or irregularly sized, may require their own tailored, custom crates built to protect these types of items. Our team consists of experts who will take measurements and build a crate to spec to protect these items.
Pet Moving FAQ
Our service offering does not include pet relocation as a singular service. We do, however, work with customers during a home move on the best options for moving with pets, often contracting with top pet movers to provide this service, while simultaneously providing one-stop-move management to simplify your move.
There are a number of issues factored into how, when and where a pet will be relocated to a new home using a service. For instance, older or larger breeds may benefit more from ground transportation, but some relocations may be overseas which would then require sea or air travel. Airlines will have certain regulations for documentation for a pet transfer and providers will need to carefully manage travel and delivery times.
Costs will truly vary depending on distance, destination, transportation selected, etc. Relocating a pet via air transportation requires special handling, specific containers and various fees for documentation that would be different than what would be needed for ground transportation. There may also be specialized equipment that you already own (for instance, large cages or tanks, etc.) that need to be moved as well. Plus, you must consider the veterinary costs for vaccinations, health certificates, check-ups and medications. Your Suddath move coordinator will guide you when working with a trusted partner to obtain an accurate quote and help facilitate your pet move.